Oops! I Got Persimmons. Now What Do I Do With Them?

Oops! I Got Persimmons. Now What Do I Do With Them?

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Faith Durand
Sep 29, 2009

Q: I've recently moved to a foreign country where I'm still working on the language. I intended to buy tomatoes today, but due to a combination of poor translation and observation skills, I've ended up with a ton of persimmons.

I've never cooked with persimmons before — any ideas what I can do with them?

Sent by Lauren

Editor: Lauren, congratulations! Persimmons are quite a treat, actually. The first thing you need to do, though, is figure out which variety of persimmons you have. Ripeness and when you can eat them really depends on whether they are Fuyu or Hachiya. Check out these posts to help you identify them:

Farmers' Market Report: Persimmons
What's the Deal With Persimmons?

Once you've figured that out, here are a few recipe ideas, and I am sure that the readers will offer more.

Recipe: Persimmon Tart
Persimmon and Buffalo Mozzarella Salad
Warm Farro Salad with Roasted Squash, Persimmons and Pecans
Flickr Find: Persimmon Oat Muffins

Enjoy your persimmons!

Related: Harvest Time: The Dried Persimmon Lady

(Image: Emily Ho)

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